Cheltenham Pride, in collaboration with Pride in Gloucestershire, hosted the highly anticipated Cheltenham Pride Festival on Saturday, May 13. The event surpassed all expectations, drawing an astounding crowd that shattered initial estimates by hundreds. Organisers had initially expected to attract around 100 attendees, instead they witnessed a turnout of around 1,000 people.

The first official pictures captured by their talented photographer, Studio Ransome, showcase the sheer enthusiasm and joy the event created.

Cheltenham Pride

The Cheltenham Pride Festival, held in Imperial Gardens, featured a range of enjoyable and entertaining activities, culminating in an unforgettable After-Party featuring a live broadcast of the Eurovision final at DEYA Brewery. Both Cheltenham Pride and Pride in Gloucestershire joined forces to create a memorable celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and culture, inviting community members and allies to come together and rejoice.

Anya McKenna, Chair of Cheltenham Pride, (featured in image below) expressed her delight, stating, "The LGBTQ+ community of Cheltenham is in for some much-needed celebration and connection this May. We are overwhelmed by the support and turnout we received for the event. It's a testament to the strength and solidarity of our community, and it shows that Cheltenham embraces and supports all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Cheltenham Pride

Cheltenham Pride commenced with the Pride Parade which started outside John Lewis on the High Street, a dazzling display of pride and inclusivity. After a decade-long hiatus, Cheltenham's first parade in more than ten years left an indelible mark on all who witnessed it.

The Festival in Imperial Gardens was the highlight of the day, featuring thrilling drag acts, mesmerising music, local culinary delights, and vendors showcasing fierce fashion and accessories. It truly was a celebration of love, diversity, and unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The ultimate After-Party, hosted by a talented local drag queen at one of Cheltenham's favourite venues, DEYA Brewery, treated attendees to a Eurovision-style extravaganza. The night was filled with non-stop fun, music and drinks, all accompanied by the live broadcast of the iconic song contest. The chosen venue for the After-Party, a well-kept secret until the event, further enhanced the excitement and added to the overall magical experience.

Cheltenham Pride

Last year's Cheltenham Pride event in Pittville Park attracted visitors from near and far. The 2023 edition of the Festival surpassed all expectations and delivered an even grander spectacle. The headliner for the event, Copper Topp, a contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race UK, contributed to the star-studded lineup and added an extra touch of glamour to the festivities.

Cheltenham Pride would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and the local community for their invaluable support in making the Cheltenham Pride Festival a resounding success. This remarkable turnout not only showcases the thriving LGBTQ+ community in Cheltenham but also emphasises the town's commitment.


Pride in Cheltenham
A woman holding a LGBTQ+ flag

Celebrate the spirit of inclusivity and love at Pride in Cheltenham 2024! This year promises to be bigger and better, featuring a fantastic  activities for all ages. Whether you're part of the LGBTQ+ community or a supportive ally, come and share in the joy and unity of this special day.



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